imhotep's guide to black events 11/29/11-12/4/12
Imhotep Gary Byrd | 11/29/2012, 4:57 p.m.
Greetings! We have finally arrived at the final weekend of 2011. It has been a difficult year for many of us who have lost loved ones, jobs, etc. However, we take the spirit of optimism and hope into the future in full recognition of the power of "The Most High" to help us push through.
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2011, it is onward to the next plateau of our lives, with the spirit of victorious thought in 2012. As the late congressman, the Rev. Adam Clayton Powell Jr., reminded us: "Keep the faith!"
- Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett and Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson star in the Broadway debut of "The Mountaintop," Katori Hall's Olivier Award-winning drama, directed by Tony Award nominee Kenny Leon ("Fences," "A Raisin in the Sun"). Featuring original music by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis. At the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. For tickets, visit Telecharge.com.
- "Black Angels Over Tuskegee," the story of the pioneering first African-American fighter pilots, now playing at the Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St. between Eighth and Ninth avenues. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
- Alicia Keys presents "Stick Fly" ("When it comes to family...you're stuck"), a new play by Lydia R. Diamond, directed by Kenny Leon. Now playing at the Cort Theatre on Broadway, 138 W. 48th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Join Keys for an intimate post-show conversation Sun., Jan. 8, 2012. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.
- The Gershwins' "Porgy & Bess" on Broadway with its classic song repertoire, including "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Got Plenty of Nothing," featuring four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Drama Desk nominee Norm Lewis and two-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier. At the Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. Previews playing now; the production opens Jan. 12, 2012. For tickets and information, call (877) 250-2929 or visit www.porgyandbessonbroadway.com.
- Whoopi Goldberg's "Sister Act," the stage musical based on the 1992 movie of the same name, features funky, soulful songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater and the dynamic debut of Patina Miller. At the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway. For more information, visit www.sisteractbroadway.com.
- "Mama, I Want to Sing: The Next Generation," by Vy Higginsen, with original music by Wesley Naylor. Now playing at the Dempsey Theater, 127 W. 127th St. between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and Malcolm X boulevards. For more information and tickets, call (212) 868-4444 or visit www.smarttix.com or mamafoundation.org.
- B.B. King's Blues Club & Grill presents Chuck Berry, "The Father of Rock 'n' Roll," Sat., Dec. 31. At 237 W. 42nd St. in Times Square. For more information, call (212) 997-4144 or visit www.bbkingblues.com.
- New Edition: one night only! Jan. 1, 2012, at 8 p.m. at the Paradise Theatre, 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx. For more information and tickets, call (718) 220-1015, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.paradisetheatreevents.com.
- HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS
- Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to New York City Center now through Jan. 1, 2012. Enjoy premieres, new productions and returning audience favorites, including "Revelations," in exciting new full-theater presentations. City Center, West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues in Midtown Manhattan. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org/citycenter.
- The Apollo Theater presents the fifth annual "Regeneration Nite," a Kwanzaa celebration featuring brilliant New York-based dance company Abdel Salaam's Forces of Nature Dance Theatre celebrating their 30th anniversary with an evening of dance and music honoring the principles of Kwanzaa. Also featuring jazz trombonist Craig Harris and the Tailgaters Tales, Michael Wimberly, Yacuba Sissko and young dancers from the Harlem Children's Zone/Forces of Nature Youth Academy, hosted by New York City radio personality Imhotep Gary Byrd. Fri., Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (212) 531-5305 or 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Family packs available. For more information, visit www.apollotheater.org.
- The American Museum of Natural History presents "Kwanzaa 2011!" with performances of song, dance and spoken word and an international marketplace. Dec. 31, 12-4 p.m. in the Hall of Ocean Life. This year's event features storyteller Linda Humes as master of ceremonies, the dynamic African-Caribbean performing group Something Positive Inc. and other exciting presenters. Free with museum admission. Central Park West at 79th Street (enter at 77th Street). For details, call (212) 769-5315.